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Eliminating DC’s Handgun Ban Had No Effect on Homicides, Report Says

Eliminating the District of Columbia’s comprehensive handgun ban had almost no effect on homicides committed with or without such firearms in the nation’s capital, according to an analysis by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

Nearly 80 percent of all D.C. homicide victims from 2000 through 2007 were killed with a gun, city and federal data compiled by The Washington Post and analyzed by The Daily Caller News Foundation found. That figure dropped to 74 percent after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that Washington’s handgun ban was unconstitutional in 2008.

…The post-Heller decrease in both the annual number of gun-related homicides and all homicides extended an overall trend that began in 2002 and continued through 2012.


The post-Heller decrease was observed despite a 2013 incident in which one man killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard. Attacker Aaron Alexis launched his attack with a shotgun.

“I expect murders to fall,” Crime Prevention Research Center President John Lott told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “How they fall is a different question. The people who generally obeyed the ban were law-abiding citizens and not the criminals.” (Read more from “Eliminating DC’s Handgun Ban Had No Effect on Homicides, Report Says” please click HERE)

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